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Karl, Retired Pastor

The West Des Moines Library has empowered retirement days for me in two ways. One, I am able to read extensively in the newspaper and magazine sections. Two, I am able to borrow books to read rather than to purchase and keep in my now limited home library. An added feature is borrowing audiobooks to savor while I drive to visit family in other states. 


Week 1: June 1-7

You’ll find content and information related to Week 1 (June 1-7) of our 2020 Summer Reading Challenge here!

Weekly Storytime Handout

Mother Goose Storytime

Lapsit Lambs Storytime

Family Storytime

Plant with Us for Kids kits available starting Monday, June 1 at 10:00AM. Pick up your kit for kids at the library’s front entrance at your convenience! Please limit one kit per child. Available while supplies last. [Update: all kits for week 1 are claimed. Stay tuned for Week 2 kits!]

Plant with Miss Amy video

Plant with Us for Teens kits will be available by registration only. Click here to register!

Our planting kids for both Kids and Teens contain chives seeds and an instruction sheet. For more information on growing and tending your chives, check out these resources!

Harvest to Table


FIND SPOTTY! Where is Spotty this week? Visit our library Facebook page to tell us your guess. We’d love to see you in Spotty’s location–take your picture there and share it with us on Facebook!

Announcement: Next week’s Summer Reading Challenge theme will be pets! We’d love to see a photo or video of your pet for a Virtual Pet Parade! Please submit your photos or videos to by Tuesday, June 9 and watch for the Virtual Parade later that week.

Check out a few of these other fun gardening resources!

Kids Gardening website link

PBS Kids